Monday, January 08, 2007

Recipe 14: No Knead Bread

OK! New Years Resolution #1: Post more entries to our blog! I promise to do better in 2007. I must apologize for the past few months. I wanted so badly to post some cute holiday recipes for our next recipe, but the horrible storm that we had left us without cable and high speed for the last half of December. I also had this nutty idea of taking a retail job over the holidays in a cute kitchen store close to me....being 5 mos. prego don't know if that was the best idea or not. I've learned a ton from working in the store, but seemed to lose all my free time during the holidays. The biggest buzz in the store over the holidays were dutch ovens and the recipe that appeared in the NY Times on the "No Knead Bread", which is actually cooked in a dutch oven. You would not believe the number of people who came in looking for new/oddly shaped dutch ovens to expand their bread making abilities. Apparently, it makes a terrific crust/crumb and requires little effort. I love making bread, but so rarely seem to feel like I have enough time. So, let's give this recipe a try. I should have time to make it this week sometime. It apparently adapts well using other flours such as rye and whole wheat as well. Looking forward to the results!

Recipe: No-Knead Bread
Adapted from Jim Lahey, Sullivan Street BakeryTime: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed
1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.
2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.
3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.
4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.
Yield: One 1½-pound loaf.


Blogger Elaine said...

Don't apologize. Everyone has been traveling these past couple months except for me who has been homebound and cooking up a storm. Read this NYTimes article and look forward to baking my first loaf in a dutch oven.
Kate, I know its hard to find instant yeast in Belgium so here is the substitute ratio using fresh yeast: Substitute one cake for each package or 2 1/4 teaspoons of dry yeast. This needs to be dissolved in water first, and the bread will need to rise more than once.Hope this helps.

08 January, 2007 16:24  
Blogger Jer said...

Perfect recipe to start the new year. I never make my own bread so this sounds great!

08 January, 2007 17:56  
Blogger tallina said...

Hi Elaine!

Kate, at Colruyt they have instant yeast... I don't knw if they have it in the delivery service, but they have it in the 'normal' store...

14 January, 2007 10:59  
Blogger Kate said...

Happy New Year everyone! Lonnnnnng time no contact.
All these recent post looks great.
Elaine how are your cookies, just adorable. I admire your commitment to them each year, you never seem to fail where ever you are! Didnt you even do a second batch last year with your sis?
This bread looks good Ashley and thanks for the tip Tallina. Wish I spoke Dutch to read your blog!

19 January, 2007 13:57  
Blogger Cath said...

Hey guys...tried the no-knead thing for those who haven't tried it yet--the way I read it was 1/4 teaspoon salt and it defnitely needs more! The actual amount is 1 1/4 teaspoons which is in the recipe Ashley posted but the way it formatted it's hard to see it...

24 February, 2007 22:22  
Blogger Elaine said...

just changed the format of the recipe

25 February, 2007 08:35  
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